|Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki in Rhodia dotPad.|
The first thing I noticed about Iroshizuku Kon-Peki was that it was a bit drier than the Diamine Meadow ink I had been using before. This meant that I needed to be a bit more careful about holding my pen correctly so that I wouldn't get any skipping. Once I had that figured out, however, Kon-Peki wrote smoothly and I had no problems with the flow.
The best part about this ink is that (on good paper) it doesn't show even a hint of feathering or bleedthrough. It did bleed through on some (but not all) of the cheaper papers I tried it on, but even then feathering was minimal.
|Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki in Paperblanks journal with lines from the poem "Here is the Road" by Arlene Gay Levine.|
I have to admit I'm not terribly excited by the ink colour. As I've mentioned before, I'm not a big fan of blue ink, and while there are some blues that I love, Kon-Peki is not one of them. That said, I can see why this might be the perfect blue for some people - it's not too dark or too light, not too bold or too conservative. It has a hint of green in it, but it is definitely NOT a greenish-blue. For me, it's... okay, but there isn't anything about it that really stands out for me. I honestly thought I would like this blue more than I do, so I am a bit disappointed because of that (but don't worry, Kon-Peki, it's me, not you).
The shading is also okay. Kon-Peki definitely has shading, and it's easy to see even with my F nib, but it doesn't stand out. I think I would like this ink more if the shading was a bit more obvious, but maybe with a broad or italic nib it would stand out better. And of course if you're not that crazy about shading, then this more understated look may be ideal for you.
|Scan of the writing sample for a more well-rounded impression of the ink's colour.|
Overall, I have to say that while I like Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki, I simply do not love it because the colour is not for me. But it does perform very well, and I would certainly recommend it if you are looking for a medium to bright blue with some shading. I may be warming up to this ink the more I use it, but I doubt that there is a bottle of Kon-Peki in my future. Then again, I'd certainly be happy to try other Iroshizuku ink samples, and if I find a colour that I really love... who knows what might happen?
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